Minecraft announced last week that it would be adding a new default character. Her name is Alex. Yes, that’s right, her name. We finally have the option of choosing a default girl character instead of Steve! Listen, I love Steve, but I’m stoked to see Alex. Even better than my own excitement at this announcement was the loud “yes!” I heard when I told my Minecraft-obsessed daughters about her.
They were the ones who convinced me to try the game, and I’ve been immersed it in since. It’s great to see more diversity in the Minecraft world, and I’m happy to hear Owen Hill of Mojang explain that this addition will help represent the game’s diverse fans:
“When most players begin their Minecraft adventure, there aren’t many looks to choose from. In fact, you only get to play as our blue-shirted friend. Now, everyone loves Steve – he’s probably the most famous minecrafter in the world, and has excellent stubble.
But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead.”
These new default avatars come in a variety of skin and hair colors, as well as clothing and costume options. The skins are now available for free on all consoles.
I’m going to start a whole new world just to welcome Alex. Hooray for another small step toward diversity in video games!